n Journal of Educational Studies - Family and peer influence on alcohol abuse among rural secondary school learners, Limpopo province, South Africa




The purpose of this study was to investigate family and peer influence on alcohol abuse among secondary school learners in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The study followed a quantitative research methodology, where a descriptive survey research design was adopted. A random sampling strategy was used to draw a sample of 112 learners (60 boys) and (52 girls) aged 15 to 17 years old who were in grades 10 to 12. For this cross-sectional study carried out in 2006, the participants completed a questionnaire on alcohol abuse. The study showed that both parents and peers' drinking patterns were related to learners' abuse of alcohol. These findings suggest a possibility that this behaviour may progress into adulthood, and may pose a serious threat to pupils' lifestyle as well as their socio-economic status later in life. It is therefore recommended that educational programmes in schools regarding the consequences of alcohol abuse be instituted by qualified personnel. Furthermore, a longitudinal study is needed which should cover a wide spectrum of the population pertaining issues of alcohol use. This may help establish measures needed to control and prevent health risks associated with alcohol abuse in learners over a longer time.


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